Friday 21st September - Issue 79

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Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Welcome to our new and improved website - I hope you find it easier to navigate around and more informative. We will keep adding and updating information so please visit our website regularly.

On Wednesday we saw the return of our Year 6 children who had a brilliant and exciting time at Sayers Croft. They were able to take part in team building activities that helped build and strengthen communication and leadership skills. They have also nurtured friendships and made memories together as a cohort that will stay with them far beyond their time at St. Edward’s. Year 6 will share their experiences at Sayers Croft with their parents at their class assembly on the 4th October - I look forward to hearing all about what they got up to!

Next Friday our PTA will be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Afternoon for parents at 2:45 pm in the lower hall. Every cake baked and every coffee sold will make a difference as all money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. I do hope you will be able to join us in support of this worthy cause either by joining us for a bit of cake and a hot drink or by donating baked goods (fresh cakes on the day please). Children will join us at 3:30 pm for a cake sale.

This morning we held an anti-bullying workshop assembly focusing on developing healthy relationships based on respect, tolerance and understanding. Children also learnt about the different types of bullying, how it can affect someone and practical advice on how to get help. Our school policy on anti-bullying can be accessed here. Our achievement assembly will be held on Monday.

A reminder that children are permitted to wear stud earrings only to school. Due to health and reasons, hoop earrings are not acceptable at any time.

I am very impressed with our whole school attendance this week - a fantastic 97.4%! Class 1 achieved 100% for the second week, class 4 achieved 98.9% and class 14 achieved 99.3%. It would be wonderful if we could keep this up. The number of children arriving late to school decreased this week which means a lot less learning time lost. Thank you and well done.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Clare O’Connor



Parents are warmly invited to attend their child's class assembly.  Class assemblies are held on Thursdays at 9:00am in the top hall.

27th September - Class 11

4th October - Class 13 and 14

11th October - Class 10

18th October - Class 9

1st November - Class 8

8th November - Class 7

15th November - Class 4

22nd November -  Class 3



Thursday 27th September - Class 11 assembly

Friday 28th September - Macmillan Coffee Afternoon 2:45-3:30pm, followed by a cake sale for children - all welcome. Cake donations needed please.



Wednesday 3rd October - PTA meeting 2:45-3:15 pm in the lower hall

Thursday 4th October - Class 13 and 14 assembly

Thursday 11th October - Class 10 assembly

Friday 12th October - Feast of St. Edward

Thursday 18th October - Class 9 assembly

Friday 19th October - school closes for half term break

Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October - Half term break



Monday 29th October - School reopens for children

Thursday 1st November - Class 8 assembly

Wednesday 7th November - Parents Evening 3:40 - 5:50pm - details to follow

Thursday 8th November - Parents Evening 3:40-5:50pm - details to follow

Thursday 8th November - Class 7 assembly

Monday 12th November - Remembrance Sunday 2 minute silence

Thursday 15th November - Class 4 assembly

Thursday 15th November - PTA cake sale for the whole school 3:30-4:30pm

Thursday 22nd November - Class 3 assembly




Dear Lord Jesus, you served others. Please help me to follow your example, so that my home, my school and my community may be filled with your love. Amen.


Our whole school attendance this week is an amazing 97.4%. Well done to class 4 (KS1) on achieving 98.9% and class 14 on achieving 99.3%. But our star attenders of the week is class 1 - the youngest children in our school - who have achieved 100% for the second week running. Well done!


Class 12’s Assembly

Class 12 were proud to perform the first assembly of the school year and they wanted to talk to the rest of the pupils about always trying your best, working as a team and being determined to succeed. Class 12 delivered an important message that all the school can follow. They even performed a song that they wrote with Mr Twigden playing the guitar. 

Well done, class 12, you delivered a fantastic assembly!


Sayers Croft

This week the Year 6 children went to Sayers Croft, an activity centre in Kent. They took part in lots of different activities including caving, pond dipping, archery and high ropes. Some of the children were scared being so high up in the air but they faced their fear and completed all the obstacles. During the evening they watched a movie, had some hot chocolate with marshmallows and on the final night, they put on their dancing shoes and had lots of fun at the disco! 

Year 6 would like to say a big thank you to Mr Clough, Miss Gaebler, Mr Twigden and Miss Ziane for giving up their time and coming to Sayers Croft. Thank you! 


Anti-bullying Workshop

Today we were visited by Open View Education who delivered age appropriated anti-bullying workshops to all year groups. The focus of this workshop is to equip students with the skills to deal with bullying situations and to support others who may be experiencing bullying.


Art Club

Our after school clubs are all up and running and it is great to see so many of our children participating - enjoying themselves and developing skills. In art club the children have been decorating their own cardboard pencil boxes using stamps, glitter gel pens and colourful beads.


Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

Come and join us for a hot drink and some cake on Friday the 28th September at 2:45pm in the lower hall. All proceeds will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support. They offer invaluable support to those battling cancer and every bit of help makes a big difference. The coffee afternoon will be followed at 3:30pm by a cake sale for children. I look forward to seeing you there.


Year 6 Fitness Challenge

Last week Mr Abbas put the year 6 children through their paces with a specially worked out fitness challenge. They put their athletic skills to the test and displayed some impressive exercise techniques.


Admissions to Secondary School, Reception and Nursery 2019

Parents of Year 6 pupils need to have their secondary school applications submitted via eAdmissions by October 31st.  Please see your Local Authority website for information on secondary schools and details on how to complete your application. If there are any year 6 parents who have not met with Miss O’Connor to discuss their application, please contact Mrs Gashi to arrange a convenient time.

If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, he or she will be starting reception in primary school from September 2019.  The eAdmissions website is open for you to start your online application. You will need to submit your application by the 15 January 2019.   You can find more information here.

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, they will be eligible to start Nursery in September 2019. Please collect a form from the school office or visit our admissions page to download a form and read our school admission policy.


The Elms Half Term Sports Camp at St. Edward’s




The WAES Autumn 2018 Course Listing are available from the school foyer or visit


All parents are automatically part of the St. Edward’s PTA and there are many opportunities for everyone to get involved . Here are some of our PTA’s upcoming events:

Friday 28th September: Macmillan Coffee Afternoon for adults at 2:45 pm-3:30 pm. This will be followed by a cake sale for children - all welcome. Cake donations greatly appreciated.

Wednesday 3rd October: PTA meeting 2:45 pm-3:15 pm in the lower hall - all parents invited.

Thursday 15th November: PTA cake sale for the whole school 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. All welcome.

Our ever popular ‘World on a Plate’ event will be happening in the Spring Term.

Thank you to all our families for their continued support.